Great Short Films and Saturday Night Salsa


Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at La Tienda

Reel New Mexico, the state’s only ongoing film series dedicated to showing movies with a New Mexico connection, is excited to celebrate high summer with four short films, each quite different from the others. They will be screened on Thursday, July 11, starting at 7 p.m. 

“Underway,” a Western fantasy from Paul Marcus, gives us a mysterious and truly haunting woman, cast out of time and place, who must search for clues about who she is and where she is going. The short comedy “All in a Day’s Work” centers around a hapless guide who keeps trying to corral a group of dazed and enthused tourists exposed for the first time to the wonders of northern New Mexico.

Meow Wolf’s chronicle of their recent exhibit, “Construction and Destruction of ‘The Due Return,'” assumes a sailing ship from another dimension has beached on the sands of Santa Fe, submerging those curious enough to enter it in a rich history from a distant world. Dusty McGowan’s “Mickey” tells the story of a down-on-his-luck boxer who stumbles on a unique opportunity to become an unlikely hero.

The filmmakers will discuss their works after the screenings.

Reel New Mexico presents films with a New Mexico connection on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door
This Saturday night, July 13, the Vista Grande Social Club invites you to another fabulous

Saturday Night Salsa Party 

The Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado will be transformed into the hottest club in town, with Cuban-style salsa delivered by local favorites
 “Habana Son”
Inspired by the traditional sounds of Cuban street music, Havana Son provides a lively, danceable mix of salsa, merengue and cha cha’s.
Included in the $10 cover is a salsa rueda dance lesson by Carlos Mora from Santa Rueda.
“Rueda”, meaning “wheel”, refers to a group salsa dance which is performed in a circle,
allowing dancers to change partners as the “caller” leads them through a series of moves.  The basic steps are simple,
and the beginner lesson is a great way to introduce new dancers to a basic step and the rhythm of salsa music.
Dance lesson from 8:15 – 9:00  
Havana Son starts at 9:00
 with beer, wine and food served up by La Plancha restaurant.

Upcoming Events June 19 – June 25


Justice Denied


 When: Wednesday, June 19

Where: The Performance Space

Time: 7 pm


 Producers of the film JUSTICE DENIED, a new documentary that takes a no-holds-barred look at sexual assault on men within the ranks of America’s armed forces and the service members who must live with the aftermath of those attacks for the rest of their lives, have announced that the movie will screen at La Tienda in Eldorado Wednesday evening, June 19. The screening will take place at 7:00 p.m.

 JUSTICE DENIED painstakingly explores what happens when a male active service member is sexually assaulted by another member and when and why it is or is not reported and the devastating effects it has on its victims. Through interviews with victims, their families, professionals, and their allies, the film looks carefully at the Culture of the Military to examine why it’s not safe to report occurrences under current rules.

  • 9 Point Productions, the producing team behind the film says it’s taken more than a year to complete the interviews and finish the movie, but they’re pleased that it is finally finished and proud of the finished movie.
  • The Department of Defense says that some 26,000 cases of sexual assault per year are perpetrated with less than a 10% reporting ratio. By their own numbers, the Department of Defense says a little less than half of those are women and a little more than half are men.  And while the incidence of sexual assault among the female population is higher, the numbers are roughly even because there are more men than women in the military.

“We feel deeply honored to have been entrusted with these painful and often heart-wrenching stories and given the opportunity to help make the public aware of this rarely discussed, and institutionally ignored blight on the American Armed Forces,” said Michael Miller, the film’s director and co-producer. “These stories are agonizingly painful for the men in our film to live through again and it’s taken an incredible amount of courage for them to step forward.” He added that while sexual assaults on women in the military happen slightly less often than those of their male counterparts, the military and the general public has been far more attentive to those cases and the women have fought a long hard battle to gain a platform on which to share their stories. Assaults on men have been carefully hidden from the public and covered up, not only by the victims themselves but also by higher ups within the chain of command; often the cover-ups can be traced straight to the top. Producer and co-director Geri Lynn Weinstein-Matthews added, “It’s time for men to have their voices heard. It’s time for them to stand up against these vicious attacks and against the deception of some of their commanding officers. Our belief is that this film will empower them to do just that.”

Thursday Night Country Dancing


Thursday Night Country Dance – Turn an ordinary Thursday night into a two-stepping, swing and line country dance fest with music from Steve Rose and Brian Mclane, Buffalo Nickel and dance lessons to get you doing all the moves that make country dancing easy, fun and pretty fancy.

Of course you don’t need a dime a dance when you have Buffalo Nickel on stage. Give the fitness equip. a break and lift up your spirit and body the old fashioned western way on the dance floor, and you don’t need a partner when the line dancing starts.

Thursday nights beginning June 20 at 7 pm at The Performance Space. No Cover!!!

Upcoming Events — June 11 – June 21


Becoming Eduardo

On Thursday, June 13, Reel New Mexico is excited to present “Becoming Eduardo,” an award-winning feature film directed by Rod McCall of Las Cruces. McCall will discuss the film and take questions from the audience after the screening. The program starts at 7 p.m. at La Tienda Center in Eldorado.

Based on the novel Alternative Ed, by LouAnne Johnson, “Becoming Eduardo” tells the story of Eddie Corazon. At sixteen, the former straight-A student has become a juvenile delinquent attending an alternative high school in Rosablanca, New Mexic. There he falls in love with a college-bound girl and discovers he has a knack for poetry. But a few bad choices result in Eddie’s being sent to live with his bachelor uncle Tio in Truth or Consequences. There he takes to calling himself Eduardo, as his exposure ot Tio’s way of life shatters his masculine stereotypes and inspires himself to view himself – and the world – in a new light.

Director Rod McCall, who will discuss the film, teaches Storyboarding and Directing at New Mexico State University. Julian Alcaraz, the actor who plays Eddie, has gone on to become a regular in the new cable version of “90210” and is one of the leads in the big studio remake of “Red Dawn.” “Becoming Eduardo” has been shown at 17 film festivals throughout the world and won three awards at the Santa Fe Film Festival in 2009.


Salsa Returns with Son Como Son

On June 15, a group of volunteers called the Vista Grande Social Club are bringing us the fourth in a series of Saturday Night Salsa Parties.  Once again, The Performance Space at La Tienda will be transformed into the hottest club in town, with original Cuban salsa delivered by the nine-piece, big band sound of Son Como Son.  Featuring some of New Mexico’s top latin and jazz musicians, Son Como Son will make a rare appearance in Santa Fe to the delight of local dancers and all lovers of live music.  Included in the $10 cover charge is a salsa dance lesson by Tony Perez and Hayley Constable of MamboFe from 8:15 – 9:00.  The band starts at 9:00 pm with beer, wine and food served up at our own La Plancha restaurant.

Thursday Night Country Dance with Buffalo Nickle


Thursday Night Country Dance – Turn an ordinary Thursday night into a two-stepping, swing and line country dance fest with music from Steve Rose and Brian Mclane, Buffalo Nickel and dance lessons to get you doing all the moves that make country dancing easy, fun and pretty fancy.

Of course you don’t need a dime a dance when you have Buffalo Nickel on stage. Give the fitness equip. a break and lift up your spirit and body the old fashioned western way on the dance floor, and you don’t need a partner when the line dancing starts.

Thursday nights beginning June 20 at 7 pm at The Performance Space. No Cover!!!


Upcoming Events

Dinner and a Movie

 La Plancha at La Tienda Dinner & Film Evening

Wednesday, June 5, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dinner Buffet (Prix Fixe Menu) & Film:  $35

Film Only Admission:  $15 – Limited to 10

Happy Hour/Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m.
Buffet Dinner Begins 5:30 p.m.

Movie Begins: 6:30 p.m. (Film is 120 minutes)

Post-screening Discussion: 8:30 p.m. led by CIR member, Rob Reider

La Plancha de Eldorado is a casual latin grill that features a large menu of original recipes and unique flavors. It is Eldorado’s best kept secret! On this evening, La Plancha will offer a dinner buffet including an assortment of appetizers, Baby Back Pork Ribs, Grilled Chicken Breast & Salmon, their fabulous grilled vegetables, rice and traditional desserts.

The Sea Inside – 2004 Spanish film written, produced, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenabar. It is based on the real-life story of Ramon Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem), a Galician ship mechanic left quadriplegic after a diving accident and his 29-year campaign in support of euthanasia and the right to end his life.

The Sea Inside won the 2004 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and 14 Goya Awards including awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.


Firefly Storytelling Evening 


Firefly “The only thing truer than truth is a story.” June 6 premiers Santa Fe’s newest storytelling evening, Firefly. Six storytellers will share their personal experiences on the theme, “Game Changers”. Come out to The Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado to hear true stories about the moments in one’s life that change everything and after which, nothing will ever be the same. Tickets are $10 at the door. Cash only. Beer, wine and soft drinks available next door. 7:00 to 9:00, Thursday, June 6th.

Globalized Soul

globalized soul

REEL New Mexico

On Thursday, April 11, Reel New Mexico is proud to present “Globalized Soul,”
a film by Cynthia Lukas and Kell Stearns, whose “Rumi Returning” drew a capacity crowd last year.
The program starts at 7 p.m.
at La Tienda Center in Eldorado
The Performance Space.

Following in the mystical tradition of “Rumi Returning,” “Globalized Soul: Stories from the Tipping Point to a New World” presents a mystic tour of humanity’s longing for love and peace. It features the spiritual wisdom of the Dalai Lama and sacred activists such as Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari. A lavish visual odyssey, it was filmed in India, Turkey, Morocco, Israel, Mexico, the U.S. and the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia and set to the music of Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar.

Arun Ghandi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, pronounced the film “a sensitively made film on peace [that] leaves you with a positive feeling that peace is possible if we know how to build it.”

REEL New Mexico Returns

February 21 at 7 p.m. at The Performance Space
We’re fortunate to have a film, “Still Dreaming,” by two of last year’s most popular filmmakers, Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson, a husband-and-wife team from Santa Fe. Last year, their award-winning documentary “Shakespeare Behind Bars” gave Reel New Mexico its first Standing Room Only house. This year’s film documents the production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a New York assisted living facility for aging actors.
This will be a work-in-progress showing for feedback from the audience before the film goes to its final cut. We hope you can attend and we thank you in advance for any mention you can give this exciting production. If you need more information or would like to interview Jilann or Hank, please let me know.
The attached photo, “The Death of Thisbe,” is of 90-year-old Bob Evans in the role, shown with co-director Noah Brody, 39.

Important Screening

The Womens Tree and La Tienda Present:


Miss Representation

Documentary Screening and Discussion

Saturday, November 17, 2012

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Performance Space at La Tienda

Facilitated audience discussion follows the film.

Admission is free of charge. Donations are welcome.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women.  Please help us educate and make a difference for the next generation of women.